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 FIRE DISTRICT: Fire District Public Budget hearing was held at Fire Station #1 1971 Rush-Mendon Road, on Tuesday - October 20th at 7:00 pm. This hearing and date is set by NYS Law. 

ANNUAL BUDGET: The purposed 2022 fire district budget was approved at the September meeting. The tax rate WAS LOWERED TO 98 cents per 1,000. We have lowered this rate by reducing money into the capitol reserve accounts and cutting back in other areas where we could even though our cost keep going up.  Insurance went up quite a bit because of cancer coverage that is now required. Some worn our gear needs replacing and is very expensive. Our SCBA (Air-pack) can no longer be repaired and will have to be replaced. This will cost thousands. Firefighters are now assisting on cleaning both stations and continue to mow the lawns. The town highway dept. is allowing us to do some preventive maintance on the apparatus saving hundreds of taxpayer dollars. We also are stayed under the NYS mandated 2%.  

ACCESS & HOUSE NUMBERS: “HELP us so we can HELP you”.  We are still having serious problems with gaining access into many properties along with not being able to find homes in emergencies due to no visible or legible addresses on the house or mailboxes. Did YOU know that there are local and state codes that you have to comply with? Not complying with these codes could delay the Fire Dept., Ambulance, and Sheriffs in getting to you and damage to our expensive equipment.  This could cost you loss of life and property.  For more information please contact The Rush Town Code Enforcement Officer so you can be compliant.

 ANNUAL INSPECTION DINNER: The fire district held their annual inspection dinner for active firefighter at the Riverton country club with 25 members attending. Commissioner Mike (peewee) Terzo set it up. Chili FD filled in at Rush. The five commissioners present thank the volunteers for all their hard work and dedication.   

 VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT & AMBULANCE:  

ISO INSPECTION: The ISO (Insurance Service Organization) did an inspection on the fire department operation and issued a 23 page report. This organization sets the rate YOU pay for fire insurance. 50% of this rate is about the fire department, 40% is on the water system and 10% is on the dispatch operation. They look at training & drills, response times, equipment maintance and inspections and all our fire reports. We were rated at 68.2 out of 100. If we could have got 1.8 more points it would have got us to 70 points and we would have been a CLASS 3.

We remained a CLASS 4 fire department and a 4X where we have no hydrants but do have an automatic mutual aid response from our neighbors. Less 7,000 FDs get a 4 rate.  The remaining FDs were 5 or higher 27,229….Very few all volunteer FD get a 4 or better only 360 get a 3 class rating.  

CORRECTION: Luke Keyes received his NYS Water Rescue certification last month. 

RESPONSES: We have responded to 240 calls as of November 10th. We assisted Honeoye Falls with a serious house fire on Rush-Mendon Road, Pumper 582, Rescue 588 and Ambulance 589 responded with 11 Rush members.    

 LADIES APPRICIATION DINNER: The Rush firefighters will again hold a Prime rib an  salmon dinner for the Ladies Auxiliary to thank them for all they do for the fire department and community. Beth Faugh is chairperson.

 FIRE PREVENTION: Many of the fire publications have FD’s that boast about how many serious calls they respond to. WE BOAST on how the residents that we serve are very fire and safety conscious and DO NOT NEED OUR SERVICES VERY OFTEN, We thank you for this. Please continue the great work.  We feel that our years of fire prevention & education efforts have paid off. These efforts do work and help control accidental fires and resulting injuries or death in Rush.

 FUND DRIVE: The second request will go out soon. We have about 500 of the 1,300 requests return some donation. With the $ 5,400 United Way contributions that you have donated in the past we are at $ 45,000 right now. A SINCERE THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE RESPONDED. 

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LADIES AUXILIARY: Please contact Joan Madigan at 229-4168 or email her JHMadigan4@rochester.rr.com or  website www.RushFD.org/Ladiesaux.htm